A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

DVD - 2000
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Zero Mostel portrays a conniving slave who uses his wiles to attain his freedom during the days of the Roman Empire.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : MGM Home Entertainment Incorporated, [2000]
Copyright Date: copyright 2000
ISBN: 9780792844815
0792844815
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (97 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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loella
Feb 15, 2021

The tight camera work, over- and under-cranking, blizzard editing, and witty repartee that made A Hard Day's Night a megahit internationally served director Richard Lester quite well in the handful of movies he made directly following it--The Knack, Help!, and this pastiche of slapstick and musical comedy based on the plays of the second-century BCE Roman playwright Plautus. As long as the principal speakers--the slaves Pseudolus (Zero Mostel) and Hysterium (Jack Gilford), the long-suffering old husband Senex (Michael Hordern), the pimp Lycus (Phil Silvers), and the dim-bulb, braggart Captain Miles Gloriosus (Leon Greene, whose operatic baritone serves him brilliantly)--are around, speaking, the film's quite delightful. When Lester sends them off on Keystone Kops-ish slapstick tangents, however, most notably in the near-climactic chase sequence, the action palls. And still, one never misses the half of the stage original's songs that have been axed, which indicates good adaptational sensibilities on the parts of screenwriters Melvin Frank and Michael Pertwee. If you ask me, this movie is better than it seemed when it was new--funnier, fresher, and cannier. --Ray Olson

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Caro12
Dec 30, 2019

Some chuckles and funny character names.

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Gem73
Feb 24, 2018

One of my favourite fun, funny movies. The songs are really catchy and it's hard not to have a great time watching it. As a film from the 60s, it does have period-typical sexism and racism though.

Fampyre Sep 14, 2015

If you like silent film-type slapstick, then you might like this movie. Otherwise, a disappointment. Musically, and it is a musical, the song "Comedy Tonight" is the only memorable song. Phil Silvers looks old. Humor is subjective so maybe you mind find this "Comedy of Errors" type film funny but I didn't. The lengthy chase scene was sufferable. You do get to see a young Michael Crawford though.

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StarGladiator
Feb 27, 2015

One of the all-time great movies/musicals. Fantastic songs, funny and grand!

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